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How to improve your virtual server storage setups
One of the biggest challenges of building a virtual server infrastructure is fine-tuning the storage that supports the virtual machines. Having multiple server OSes running on a single physical server can easily overload a storage network and supporting storage array. These 10 tips provide practical guidance you can use today to improve the performance of those storage systems. David Davis, a server virtualization and storage expert, steps you through the process of tweaking virtual server storage setups.
Backup is usually the No. 1 pain point for IT organizations. For smaller firms and remote/branch locations of enterprise-scale outfits, there's often a shortage of IT expertise to ensure company data is adequately protected. A new product category, backup appliances, is addressing this issue with preconfigured backup hardware-software combinations that are ready to run out of the box.
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Virtual server storage operations can have a profound effect on the storage network. Here are 10 ways to help ensure that your storage yields its best I/O for the VMs it supports.
A data backup appliance combines software and hardware in a single box, configured and ready to go. Once considered just an SMB option, these products are ready for the enterprise.
IT data storage is always a struggle, but storage managers should have a little more money in 2013 to spend on techs that can help ease the crunch of growing capacity demands.
A growing number of vendors are selling solid-state storage devices, but are users implementing them in their storage environments? Get the results of our latest survey.
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Many storage shops are fighting a losing battle when it comes to data storage and backup protection, with too much data and not enough time. Maybe it's time to rethink the process.
Storage virtualization and other storage "uber-controllers" are a step toward better storage infrastructure management, but it's still not an integrated process.
Object technology has received a lot of attention lately, so there should be plenty of use cases for it. But object storage might be the answer to a problem not yet discovered.
NAND flash-based storage is becoming a common alternative, but NAND flash could soon be replaced by newer forms of non-volatile memory like MRAM technology.